The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley

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Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.

Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.

Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 50 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000.

Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.

Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.

Want to help more women change their lives?

Virginia Wrage 2023 application available now. Due date March 30, 2023

What Recipients Have Said:

"My dream is to use my gifts and talents to encourage, stimulate and motivate a thinking society."

"Every woman needs support and you are a tremendous blessing to each of us."

"My dreams include philanthropy and to support those in need and to give back in appreciation for what I have been so fortunate to receive."

"Thank you for seeing in me an example of the woman that Ms. Wrage wished to support."

"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."

"Definitely, receiving this money and reading your letter empower and motivate me to keep going. You let me know that it is worth the effort and that it is valued."

"It's overwhelming to be back in the workforce at 48, but it's more common than I ever realized.  Thanks to this grant, I believe I'll do better than just survive."

"I'm a UCLA Graduate.  I never anticipated going into hiding, food stamps and homelessness"

"It was darn hard, with six kids.  But I want my kids to know that you have to go get what you want.  It's not going to come to you."

"You are a wonderful support emotionally, and I hope to make you proud."